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With Christmas right around the corner, and New Year’s Eve and Day quickly following, it’s a good time to be extra vigilant about car thieves on the prowl.
Data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for vehicle theft in 2010 shows the following 11 holidays provided thieves with the best opportunities to make away with cars.
Quick fact: Four of the 11 are just weeks away, including two big holiday weekend periods.
Rank Holiday Vehicle Thefts
1. New Year’s Day 2,347
2. Memorial Day 2,122
3. Halloween 2,064
4. Labor Day 2,020
5. New Year’s Eve 1,986
6. Christmas Eve 1,928
7. Independence Day 1,914
8. President’s Day 1,903
9. Valentine’s Day 1,745
10. Thanksgiving 1,,605
11. Christmas Day 1,361
Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.Enlarge Photo
Top states for vehicle theft
Diving into the full report, what’s interesting to note is that five states rank highest in holiday vehicle thefts. In order of number of holiday thefts, the top five states are California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Georgia.
Bucking the national trend of New Year’s Day being the holiday with the highest number of thefts, California thieves’ big day was President’s Day 2010, when 507 vehicles were stolen. Each of the other top five holiday theft states posted the most thefts on New Year’s Day: Texas (248), Florida (168), Illinois (93) and Georgia (90).
How to keep your vehicle safe this holiday season
Still, there are things you can do to help prevent your vehicle from being snatched by car thieves this holiday season. It all starts with being aware of your surroundings.
To view a copy of the full NCIC report, click here.